George Orwell
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Journalism & Communication
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George Orwell’s 1984 While George Orwell wrote 1984 in the mid 20th century the text remains one of the seminal works of political satire. Not only the novel, but also the lexicon it established, have become woven into the very fabric of contemporary existence.


This essay considers the text in relation to the context of the present and notions of freedom of expression (or lack thereof) over the centuries. One of the major considers in the text is its personification of evil with a specific individual, Emmanuel Goldstein. Goldstein is regularly featured in the two-minute Hate broadcast and is demonized throughout the text. Goldstein’s history can be linked directly to the Party in that he was originally a member, but ultimately disregarded its principles to start a resistance movement. It is impossible to consider Goldstein without examining his position as an intellectual. Indeed, Winston is said have read his intellectual tract, "The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism." The notion of Goldstein’s intellectualism seems to conflict with the Party’s overarching message of conformity and allegiance. In terms of contemporary significance such notions have significance in terms of the American political landscape. The contemporary Tea Party Republicans as evidenced in individuals such as Herman Cain or Sarah Palin regularly embrace easily digestible platitudes in lieu of more developed thought. One considers Cain’s recent 9-9-9 Plan as an instance wherein simplicity was allowed to trump intellectualism. ...
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